Section: Personnel
Policy Number: 4-90
Policy Name: Professional Termination of Employment/Notification
Date: 1997
Revisions: May 2, 2006; July 16, 2008; July 28, 2010

PREAMBLE

Professional staff are expected to develop performance goals, objectives and standards in consultation with their immediate supervisor. Individuals who do not meet the expected performance standards may be terminated by the University consistent with the notice provisions set forth below. These notice provisions also apply when a professional staff position is eliminated because of budget constraints and/or reorganization of a department or administrative unit. In instances where an individual is not required to work at the University of Delaware during the notice period, compensation will cease prior to the end of the notice period if the individual secures another position.

SECTION A: TERMINATION OF EMPLOYMENT - NOTICE PERIODS

This policy applies to all professional employees.

POLICY

  • During the first two (2) years of professional employment, an employee may be terminated by the University upon one (1) month notice.

  • After two (2) years of professional employment, an employee may be terminated by the University upon giving two (2) months notice.

  • After five (5) or more years of employment, an employee may be terminated by the University upon the giving of three (3) months notice.

  • Professional employees whose salaries are dependent on external sources of funds, such as grants, contracts or overhead from grants or contracts, may be terminated if such funding expires or becomes inadequate, without the above notice periods. However, the University will give such employees as much notice as possible.

  • Departments must consult with Employee/Labor Relations prior to issuing a notice of termination.

  • Employment may be terminated at any time by mutual agreement between the University and the individual.

SECTION B: JOB ELIMINATION / NOTICE PERIODS

The purpose of this provision is to ensure the continuation of lengthy notice periods for professional employees whose jobs have been eliminated.

POLICY

  • Employees with ten (10) or more years of service, whose positions are being eliminated, shall receive two (2) weeks notice for each year of professional employment up to a maximum of fifty-two (52) weeks. (For example, an employee with ten (10) years of service shall receive twenty (20) weeks notice; an employee with twenty-six (26) years of service shall receive fifty-two (52) weeks of notice.)

  • Any accumulated vacation time must be used prior to the end of the notice period.

  • Professional employees whose salaries are dependent on external sources of funds, such as grants, contracts or overhead from grants or contracts, may be terminated if such funding expires or becomes inadequate, without the above notice periods.

Employees with less than ten (10) years of professional employment, whose positions are eliminated, shall receive the same notice provisions in Section A, which are:

  • During the first two (2) years of employment, the employee will be given one (1) month notice.
  • After two (2) years and up to, but not including, five (5) years of professional employment service, the employee will be given two (2) months notice.
  • After five (5) years and up to, but not including, ten (10) years professional employment service, the employee will be given three (3) months notice.

SECTION C: TERMINATION FOR CAUSE

  • Termination for cause is immediate.

Submitted By: Employee/Labor Relations